THUNDER BAY, ON – SEPTEMBER 22, 2010: There are smiles all around at the local Alzheimer Society office this week. It follows a $5,150 donation towards the 15th Annual Coffee Break® fundraiser. It came unexpectedly at the Alzheimer Society Thunder Bay Coffee Break® launch last Thursday from Bob Stewart co-owner of the Keg and Caribou Restaurants and his business partner Tom Pazianos. The money was raised at Stewart's 50th birthday party.
Bob has seen the insidious appearance of Alzheimer’s disease in his own family. He has supported his mother as she has disappeared a teaspoon a day for the last 10 years.
“Dementia gradually robs people of their lives and has a devastating impact on families. We are so glad to be able to help those affected and their loved ones,” Mr. Stewart stated.
Out of his love for this beautiful and loving woman Bob has been committed to the Alzheimer Society and its fundraising efforts. He has been top pledge earner for the Walk for Memories for several years in a row. He has also served as Honourary Chair for this event. As a regular donor to and supporter of the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay Bob has continued his commitment into the future by joining the board of directors last month.
The Alzheimer Society offers support to people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers; provides public education; promotes awareness in the community and funds research. Over 3,200 people in Northwestern Ontario are currently living with dementia and this number is expected to double within a generation if nothing changes.
Alison Denton, Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society has witnessed a substantial increase in clients and demand for information from the general public. “The Alzheimer Society relies on donations to continue our vital work. The support from local donors and Coffee Break champions like Bob and Tom makes it possible to support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow. Every dollar raised in the region stays local and will make a real difference to people with dementia,” Denton says.
Throughout September and October Coffee Break® events will take place across the nation marking 15 years of supporting people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. In order to carry on the event’s success, we are calling on you to host a Coffee Break® in your community.
In 2009 Coffee Break® events raised over $1.3 million nationally. In honor of our 15th anniversary year, we have a goal of $1.5 million ($25,000 in the Thunder Bay region) to support programs and services critical to people with the Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their caregivers.
For more information about Coffee Break®, or to host an event, please call 807-345-9556, Toll Free 1-888-887-5140, or visit www.alzheimerthunderbay.ca.
The Alzheimer Society would like to send a special thank you to Bob Stewart & business partner Tom Pazianos for their contribution towards Coffee Break.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative brain disorder that destroys vital brain cells. Alzheimer's disease is the leading form of dementia and currently represents 63% of all dementias. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias affect an estimated 1 in 11 Canadian seniors. If nothing changes, over 1 million Canadians will have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia within 25 years.